The retired Corinth High School teacher was celebrated at the charity ball held on New Year’s Eve. She was recognized for her efforts in almost 40 years of teaching and with groups such as the Corinth Area Arts Council, Corinth Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare Club, Little Garden Club, the Alcorn County Chapter of Retired Education Personnel, Girl Scouts and the Verandah-Curlee House.
In her nomination of Trapp, fellow teacher Dana Bullard recalled her remarkable impact on students while teaching English.
“Most teachers have a short-term influence on students, but Mrs. Trapp has been encouraging students and changing lives for more than 30 years,” wrote Bullard. “She has always expected more of her students than other teachers, and they always knew that she believed they could do the work. Mrs. Trapp never took ‘no’ for an answer from a student.”
After retirement, she returned as a substitute and “has been an incredible mentor and support for classroom teachers,” wrote Bullard.
Educator Mary Coleman also recommended Trapp.
“Barbara possesses a quality that separates great educators from average teachers,” wrote Colemn. “She has ‘the heart of a teacher.’ She loved her profession; she loved her students and they knew that.”
Corinth Superintendent Lee Childress wrote that Trapp went above and beyond as a classroom teacher.
“Since her retirement, Barbara has been involved in many numerous activities that involves ACT and Cambridge tutoring, completing extended leave assignments for English teachers to enable students to continue receiving quality instruction, and served on the board of the Corinth School District Foundation.”
Arts Council President Cindy Mathis praised her work with events such as the Haunted Theater and Community Christmas Show.
“She sees this as an opportunity to expose young people to the theater, to discover their own talents, to work together for a common goal and to instill the virtue of ‘giving back’ to our community,” wrote Mathis. “As president of the Arts Council, I know that I can count on Barbara to do anything I need her to do — many times before I even think of it.”
First United Methodist Church member Rosemary Fisher commended Trapp’s numerous areas of involvement, including the chapel committee, the annual frozen food sale, the lead team for the Little Blessings Day Care Center and Vacation Bible School.
“Since her retirement from teaching, she always says yes to any job at the church — cooking and serving for the Lenten luncheons, cleaning, painting, helping with the renovation of the day care facility, and any other job that is offered,” wrote Fisher. “She has served on the staff-parish committee and on other committees through the years. Barbara’s consistent good humor makes working with her a pleasure, and she is always ready to do her share and more on any project.”